Earlier today, after goofing up my Peppermint Linux installation, I decided to try AntiX, a light-weight Debian distro.
antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the “antiX Magic” in an environment suitable for old computers. So don’t throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd.
At the moment antiX-12 comes as a full distro (c695MB), a base distro (c355MB) and a new core distro (c135MB) all for 486 (PI and K5/K6 AMD) and 686 kernels. For those who wish to have total control over the install, use antiX-core and build up.
Running it “LIVE” off my 1gig USB flash drive, I was amazed at how well it allowed me to run programs I just had to have.
Programs I installed:
sudo apt-get install unetbootin secure-delete audacity lame libmp3lame0 openshot winff vlc filezilla keepassx bleachbit simple-scan gimp libreoffice inkscape
sudo apt-get install shutter libgoo-canvas-perl ttf-mscorefonts-installer flashplugin-installer
build-essential checkinstall cdbs devscripts dh-make fakeroot libxml-parser-perl check avahi-daemon
as well as these favorites…
MODIFY FLUXBOX MENU
To modify Fluxbox menu,type leafpad ~/.fluxbox/menu at the command line and make edits to add your favorite items.
ADJUSTING TIME/DATE DISPLAY
To modify how the time appears, I also modified the time-date setting editing the clock settings (right-click on the time in the bottom right corner) and typed in the following:
%a %d-%b-%Y %l:%M %p
And, it looks like this:
SETUP PRINTING FOR HP DESKJET
Follow these steps…
- sudo apt-get install hplip cups
- Create a script:
sudo gedit /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
Then, paste in this code:
service cups restart
Then make that script executable:
sudo chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
Then restart your computer (I’ve found this step unnecessary).
- Run the following configuration:
sudo hp-setup -i
Finally, I also wanted to install a Apache-MariaDB-PHP server for running Moodle, Drupal, etc. That will be my next step.
In the meantime, it’s been fun exploring AntiX…very fast, quick and responsive distro: